Master of Public Health (MPH)

MPH students in the UC

The School of Public Health MPH Program offers two options for students: a traditional four-semester MPH program offered in-person or online, and an accelerated program available for completion within 12 months. As our School is a CEPH accredited institution, students are eligible to take the CPH exam upon completion of their MPH core courses.


NEW! Urban Health This concentration is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to address complex health issues specific to urban areas. Focusing on racial disparities and cultural competency, graduates are prepared for positions in government agencies and non-profits to develop and evaluate culturally-appropriate programs and conduct community needs assessments to improve the health of diverse urban populations. View Curriculum >
Biostatistics                            The Biostatistics program trains students in statistics applied to public health and healthcare settings. This professional degree program provides experiential learning in biostatistical methods and data management with large data sets, using using SAS® and a variety of analytic software & techniques. Graduates learn marketable skills that enable them to work in health departments, research institutions, consulting firms, nongovernmental agencies, CDC and WHO field programs, and pharmaceutical companies. View Curriculum >
Epidemiology The curriculum focuses on epidemiologic principles and research skills, as well as skills related to the processing, reporting and analysis of data to identify factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations. Graduates of the program are prepared for competitive fellowships as well as employment in health departments, public health organizations, and research institutions. View Curriculum >
Generalist The generalist concentration applies concepts that are relevant to the field of public health as a whole, making this level of degree an ideal choice for students who are seeking management positions in policy development or in applied research. In many cases, students who are pursuing dual degrees find the Generalist concentration most relevant to their professional career. View Curriculum >
Social and Behavioral Sciences This curriculum focuses on social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of population health risk. Graduates are prepared for positions in government agencies, health systems, and non-profits to develop and evaluate culturally-appropriate intervention modalities that effectively address disparities and improve community health. View Curriculum >

Degree Requirements

  • Students enrolled in the MPH program must complete a total of 42 credit hours. This includes:
    • 18 hours of core courses
    • 18 hours of concentration/elective courses
      • if a concentration is chosen: 12 hours of concentration courses and 6 hours of electives
    • 3 hours of practicum/field experience
    • 3 hours of thesis or master's project
  • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (“B”). Grades of “D” and “F” will not apply toward any graduate degree, but will be computed in the GPA. No more than 7 hours of “C-“, “C,” or “C+” will be applied towards meeting degree requirements.
  • All requirements for the MPH degree must be completed in 8 calendar years.

Tuition and Fees

For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the University & Student Business Services' Fee Chart.

Contact Us

For frequently asked questions about the MPH program, please visit our MPH FAQ

Shirl Sharpe, MS
Academic Services Coordinator II

Vikki Nolan, DSc, MPH
Assistant Dean and MPH Director

Christie Rakestraw
Graduate School Admissions Counselor

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